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Document ID (ISN)110952
CIS number 10-0588
ISSN - Serial title 1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Harrington C.B., Feuerstein M.
Title Workstyle in office workers: Ergonomic and psychological reactivity to work demands
Bibliographic information Apr. 2010, Vol.52, No.4, p.375-382. Illus. 29 ref.
Abstract The objective of this study was to investigate whether variation in work demands were related to keyboard force, postural change, cognitive reactivity, physiological arousal and work output in asymptomatic office workers who varied in workstyle. Eighty asymptomatic office workers prescreened for level of workstyle (high = 39, low = 41) were enrolled in the study. Participants were exposed to a high- and low-demand work task, and biomechanical, physiological, and psychological reactivity were measured. Results indicate that the high workstyle group demonstrated elevated keyboard force, greater awkward posture, more negative mood changes, and more negative work-related cognitions. Asymptomatic office workers with higher levels of self-reported adverse workstyle responded to a manipulation of work demands with greater psychological and biomechanical strain.
Descriptors (primary) office work; man-computer interfaces; psychology of work organization; ergonomics
Descriptors (secondary) grip strength; work posture; cognitive performance; body mechanics; comparative study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Psychology and sociology
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Psychological factors
Psychology of work organization
Office work